“Sesame Street” Invented the Celeb Singalong

Between James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke,” Lip Sync Battle, and Jimmy Fallon’s silly music numbers with guests, the celeb singalong is having a moment. But guess what? The venerable children’s show Sesame Street has been doing this for decades, with guests as varied as Tony Bennett, Destiny’s Child, and Johnny Cash. This is the story of how the genius in-house talent booked and collaborated with some of the best and brightest.

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Billboard.com, 9.29.16